USCIS Launches Spanish-language Practice Tests for Citizenship Civics Exam

November 23, 2015

Last week, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an online Spanish-language civics practice test, which will help more immigrants prepare for the civics section of the naturalization test. This resource was developed as part of the Task Force on New Americans, an element of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration announced a year […]

Giving the Gift of Citizenship

November 20, 2015

“If I leave you, I don’t want to leave you like this,” Letisia Montoya said to her husband, Saul. Letisia, a U.S. citizen, was recently diagnosed with cancer. And while she worried about her illness, she also feared for her husband and his certainty in the country as a green card holder. That’s because lawful […]

Celebrating Citizenship for Members of the Armed Forces

November 11, 2015

Today and this week, to mark Veterans Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is recognizing service members, military spouses, and veterans taking the Oath of Allegiance to complete their citizenship process. USCIS will welcome more than 10,000 new citizens at roughly 130 ceremonies that began Saturday and continue through Friday. More than 255 of […]

African Immigrant Population on the Increase

November 9, 2015

The Pew Research Center has found that growth among immigrants from Africa has been faster than that of immigrants from any other region. On Nov. 2, Monica Anderson at the Pew Research Center wrote a blog post discussing the steady climb of the African immigrant population in the U.S. She writes of a 41 percent […]

New Americans Campaign Explores Partnerships with Mexican Consulates

November 2, 2015

More than 2.6 million Mexican-native lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Thanks to New Americans Campaign national partner NALEO Educational Fund and its relationship with the Mexican Embassy, the New Americans Campaign took a first step in October to help more of these LPRs access citizenship services offered by Campaign partners. […]

The Miami Dolphins Support Outreach to LPRs

October 30, 2015

The Miami Dolphins will provide the New Americans Campaign with an opportunity to air public service announcements in English on its radio station, Finsiders 940 AM, and streamed live on its website, as well as in Spanish on game day broadcasts on 1210 AM, and streamed live on the local ESPN Spanish language website. The […]

From Foster Care to Citizenship: Two Young New Americans Forge a New Path

October 22, 2015

America is an adoptive home to arriving immigrants. For many, it provides safety, security and new opportunities to thrive. And that’s exactly what it has meant to 18-year-olds Monyfa Alexander and Daniel Marshall, who grew up separately in the New York foster care system. Monyfa and Daniel each came to the U.S. from Guyana with […]

U.S. Lags in Naturalization Rates, Commitment to Promote Naturalization

October 16, 2015

In a recent post about a new report on immigrant integration from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), we noted that the NAS sees a promising but modest increase in naturalization rates in the U.S. It also notes that, compared to some other immigrant-receiving countries, naturalization rates in the U.S. lag far behind. The federal […]

Citizenship Applications Now Payable by Credit Card

October 8, 2015

On Sept. 19, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the naturalization application fee is now payable by credit card. The high cost of the application, $680, is one of the barriers to citizenship for aspiring new Americans. In the past, this fee could be paid only via check or money order. USCIS […]

New Report Looks at Immigrant Integration

October 7, 2015

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently released a book-length report in which they look at immigrant integration in the U.S. The report, “The Integration of Immigrants into American Society,” contains interesting discussion and mixed news on naturalization. The good news is that, in recent years, the level of citizenship acquisition rose. In […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 2,900 naturalization workshops and clinics.

    Campaign funded partners have nearly doubled the annual number of naturalization applications completed with New Americans Campaign funding since the first year.
  • Over 182,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $161 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More